You Really Need a Good Night’s Sleep

What would you pay for a good night’s sleep? I just read about a soccer club in England that spent £150,000 on special mattresses and pillows for the 80 luxury bedrooms at the club’s £200 million soccer training base where players sleep the night before home matches.

The rooms even have wallpaper with a special sleep-inducing pattern. I think it’s pretty safe to say these people think good sleep is important!

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So how are your sleeping conditions? Getting a good night’s sleep, we’re learning, is not only a lovely thing, it’s mandatory for good health and productive life.

Even if your mattress is lumpy, bumpy and in the fast lane to saggy, there are a few things you can do it get it back to comfy with a minimal investment. The best part? This could buy a few more years, giving you the time you need to save up for a new bed.

Topper

A memory foam mattress topper can turn a tired, worn mattress into a thing of comfort. With the right density and thickness, it can camouflage the lumps and bumps underneath, and give your mattress a new life. It even adds a couple of inches to the bed’s height, which takes care of that weighed down, saggy appearance.

Memory foam comes in a variety of densities and thicknesses. And prices. Wow, these things can get expensive. When I saw the price on this queen-size  3-inch, 4-pound density, memory foam topper and thousands of excellent reviews, I had to blink twice. I even rebooted my computer just to make sure. It’s true and also comes with prime shipping.   

Mattress pad

A mattress pad on top of a topper, anchors it to the mattress to keep it from shifting around. Let me tell you about this mattress pad. It has all these little pillow-like sections that are overfilled with micro plush filling. Feels like you’re sleeping on a cloud. It is very stretchy, so even if your mattress is thick and the topper adds a few more inches, this thing goes on top, then pulls everything together into a snuggly bit of heaven.

Bed bands

Not even the best mattress, topper, pad or bedsheets can overcome the problem of sheet tangling. Whether your sheets are too tight at the corners and they keep popping off, or they’re too big so they don’t stay put—there’s nothing like a night of getting your feet tangled up in errant sheeting to rob you of a good night’s sleep.

You can use safety pins and lengths of elastic to fix this problem, but it’s tedious. Perhaps a better idea: Bed Bands. So clever, these gadgets have cord lock buttons that allow you to create the exact tension needed to put everything in place so it stays that way.

Sheets

Am I the only one who’s fussy about sheets? For me, they have to be smooth and velvety to the touch and very cozy. Yeah, I’m one of those. High-quality bed sheets can get pricey. Or you can be clever enough to find high-quality at budget prices.  

If you’re a sheet snob like me, 100% cotton flannel sheets will send you to the moon. I have two sets of these sheets. After dozens of washings, they are now softer and more lovely than they were on day one. We use them year-round, too.

I can’t help but wonder about that wallpaper at the soccer club. If there’s a pattern that makes players sleepy to induce a great night’s sleep, I wonder if they could come up with one to keep me awake during those times I have a short deadline and a long assignment. Or how about one that induces the urge to clean out the refrigerator?

I wouldn’t be at all surprised if someone’s working on that right now.

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11 replies
  1. Sandra
    Sandra says:

    Great shoes and a great mattress…because we spend 2/3 of our life on our feet and 1/3 in bed. Foam is a petroleum product and with oil prices at less than $50 a barrel (as of today’s date) foam prices might drop a tad; if so, it’d be a good time to buy. When we bought our Stearns and Foster mattress, husband wanted a pillow top…IMO, a waste of money. I think buying a separate pillow top is less expensive in the long run as it can be replaced as needed.

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  2. Robyn
    Robyn says:

    Hi Mary, I have a question about the microfiber sheets. I have one set of microfiber sheets and after a couple of days on the bed, they are stretched out and wrinkled. Are all microfiber sheets like this? I like my bottom sheet to stay taut and smooth, so I have avoided buying any more microfiber sheets, after this experience!

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  3. Lorraine Martinez
    Lorraine Martinez says:

    Mary,
    Having just bought a memory foam mattress, I’ve been researching this very topic, and along with your prior posts on how to buy mattresses, I discovered a website: sleeplikethedead.com , that’s sort of a ‘consumer reports’ just for mattresses, beds, and all things related to sleeping. They give head-to-head comparisons, lists of ratings, etc, and are not afraid to tell it like it is. They also provide a wealth of (factual) info about all that Industry lingo that no one really understands. It was an invaluable help to me, and so far, my sleep monitoring app tells me I’ve been getting some great rest on it, LOL.

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    • ABC
      ABC says:

      I saw that in one of the Amazon reviews. I’m definitely going to have to check this out. Buying a mattress is so confusing! Thanks for posting this.

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  4. Donna
    Donna says:

    Mary,
    Loved your suggestions on getting a good nights sleep and will probably buy some of your suggestions. Now that I’m retired, I have a lot of catching up on sleep to do. You may want to check out the memory foam toppers, they are 80% off! Also the link for the flannel sheets wasn’t correct.

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  5. Julie in California
    Julie in California says:

    I know from experience that a good night’s sleep rejuvenates bodies and increases good health. I used to have a mattress with the coiled metal springs (with double pillow tops) and I almost always woke up with my back aching. I finally bought a Tempur-Pedic (foam) mattress in 2005 and have not had a back ache since! I love it. Just read that Consumer Reports rates the Costco foam mattress as a best buy. I LOVE my 6″ foam mattress, it’s pretty firm so I bought a 2″ soft foam topper and it make my bed feel like heaven and the best sleep ever.

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  6. Lorraine
    Lorraine says:

    I just read your article with regard to great sheets. Upon your advice I just ordered a set of each in King…microfiber and flannel. I wish both had the same guarantees…. I am looking forward to the flannel as it has been below 10 degrees here in NJ! Will let you know my thoughts when I use them…unless I can’t wake up…smile!

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  7. crabbyoldlady
    crabbyoldlady says:

    I tried microfiber sheets. Ick! They slid around on the bed and were very sweaty! I’ll pay for 100% cotton any day.

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